Pet travel during the transition periodYou can travel with your pet to the EU under the current pet travel rules using your current UK-issued EU pet passport. If you're travelling with your pet for the first time you'll have to visit your vet to get a pet passport.
Pet travel from 1 January 2021The UK will become a third country from 1 January 2021. Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed. In the EU Pet Travel Scheme, there are 3 categorisations of third country:
- Part 1 listed
- Part 2 listed
If the UK becomes an unlisted country
Before your dog, cat or ferret can travel, you'll need to take the following steps:
- You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and vaccinated against rabies
- Your pet must have a blood sample taken at least 30 days after its last rabies vaccination. (whether thatâ€™s a booster or initial vaccination) Your vet may recommend a booster rabies vaccination before this test.
- Your petâ€™s blood sample will be sent to a to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory
- Wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you can travel.
- The vet must give you a copy of the test results and enter the day the blood sample was taken in an animal health certificate (AHC).
Get an animal health certificateYou must also take your pet to your vet no more than 10 days before travel to get an animal health certificate (AHC). (The AHC needs to be signed by an official vet. Check with your vet that they can issue AHCs for pets.) You must take proof of:
- your pet's vaccination history
- your pet's microchipping date
- a successful rabies antibody blood test result
- 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU
- onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue
- re-entry to the UK for 4 months after the date of issue
Travelling to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta
If you're travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta it must have treatment against tapeworm 1 to 5 days before arriving in one of those countries (Echinococcus multilocularis). Your vet must enter full details on the AHC following treatment.
Arriving in the EUOn arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated Travellersâ€™ point of entry (TPE). At the TPE, you may need to present proof of:
- your pet's microchip
- rabies vaccination
- successful blood test results
- tapeworm treatment (if required)
- your pet's health certificate
Repeat trips to the EU
- microchipping date
- rabies vaccination history
- successful rabies antibody blood test result
- had a successful blood test
- an up-to-date subsequent rabies vaccination history
Return to the UKThere will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU from 1 January 2021. Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:
- an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK before 1 January 2021)
- the AHC issued in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
- a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only)
- other UK countries
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
- the Republic of Ireland
Travel from countries not free from tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis)You need to take your dog to a vet no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK, for an approved tapeworm treatment. This requirement will not change after 1 January 2021. You do not need to treat your dog for tapeworm if youâ€™re coming directly to the UK from Finland, Republic of Ireland or Malta.
UK nationals living in the EUIf youâ€™re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your vet. Theyâ€™ll help to ensure youâ€™re compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations. If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to the UK. You can also use it to return to the EU, as long as your pet has had a successful rabies antibody blood test. You must make sure the blood sample is taken at least 30 days after the date of rabies vaccination. If the blood sample is taken in the UK, you must wait 3 months from the date the successful blood sample was taken before you travel back to the EU. You do not have to wait the 3 months before travelling if your pet has a successful blood test before 1 January 2021.
If the UK becomes a listed third countryThird countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed under either Part 1 or Part 2 of EU Pet Travel Regulations. Part 1 listed countries operate under similar rules as EU member states. Youâ€™ll need to obtain documents from an official vet that will replace the EU pet passport. The type of document you need depends on whether the UK becomes a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country.
Part 1 listed country statusIf the UK becomes a Part 1 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel. Youâ€™ll need to make sure your petâ€™s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed. You must also apply for a new document, the UK pet passport. You can use this for travel to the EU for your petâ€™s lifetime (or until full) as long as your petâ€™s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date.
Part 2 listed country statusIf the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country, you must have your pet microchipped and vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel. Youâ€™ll need to make sure your petâ€™s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date and make sure your dog has tapeworm treatment if needed. You must also visit an official vet no more than 10 days before you travel to get an AHC confirming that your pet is microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU if the UK becomes a Part 2 listed country. On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with pets need to enter through a designated TPE. At the TPE, you may need to present proof of microchip and rabies vaccination and tapeworm treatment if required.
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